José Patrício Biography

José Patrício





Installation artist, painter, and printmaker, José Patrício was born in Recife, Brazil, in 1960, where he currently lives and works. He graduated in 1982 with a bachelor’s degree in social science from the Federal University of Pernambuco in Recife. He must have minored in art at the FUP as he was producing fine prints in 1983. Patrício’s work has been featured in numerous solo and collective exhibitions since the early 1980s. By the early 1990s he had begun to transition from painting and printmaking to three dimensional arrangements in everyday objects such as dice, dominoes, and buttons, which were composed as individual works or as floors, walls, or murals. In 1999 he was given his first major commission, an installation at the São Francisco Convent in João Pessoa in 1999. His work is often tied to geometric abstraction and Concretism.

Recent solo exhibitions include José Patrício: Algorithm in 'Object Recognition', at Pearl Lam Galleries Hong Kong H'Queens (2018), China; Precisão e acaso, at Museu Mineiro (2018), in Belo Horizonte, and at Museu Nacional Honestino Guimarães (2018), in Brasília, Brazil; Ponto zero, at Sesc Santo Amaro (2017), in São Paulo, Brazil; and Explosão Fixa, at Instituto Ling (2017), in Porto Alegre, Brazil. His works was included in the XXII Bienal Internacional de São Paulo (1994) and the III Mercosul Visual Arts Biennial, in Porto Alegre (1994), both in Brazil; and the 8th Havana Biennial, in Cuba (2003).

Selected recent collective exhibition include Ateliê de Gravura: da tradição à experimentação, at Fundação Iberê Camargo (2019), in Porto Alegre, Brazil; Géométries Américaines, du Mexique à la Terre de Feu, at Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain (2018), in Paris, France; Asas e Raízes, at Caixa Cultural (2015), in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Le Hors-Là, at Usina Cultural (2013), in João Pessoa, Brazil.

The work of José Patrício is represented in the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris, France; the Museu de Arte Moderna Aloisio Magalhães, Recife, Brazil; the Museu de Arte Moderna da Bahia, Salvador, Brazil; and the Museu de Arte Moderna do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.